A dependable friend in these troubled and faddy times, Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoons have been running like clockwork for 10 years now, every Saturday 4pm – 8pm and ALWAYS FREE ENTRY. The first TLOBF curated RoTa event of 2010 will take place on March 13th as an “unofficial warm-up” to the Grizzly Bear and Memory Tapes shows happening either side of town later in the evening. Tempted?
In the words of omnipotent Star Trek space douche Q, “If you can’t take a little Bloody Nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it’s not for the timid.” So gird your loins, and don’t forget your cameras. You won’t want to miss this.
THE LAST DINOSAUR
The Last Dinosaur release their epic debut album “Hooray! For Happiness” on April 19th. Featuring a breathtaking collection of songs that flawlessly tie together lo-fi late night bedroom recordings with flourishes of sweeping post-rock and gorgeous strings. Think of it as a soundtrack to the film playing in your head; the greatest film never made.
Barely a few months old and Yuck have already been picked up by Pitchfork and The Guardian. Formed from the ruins of Cajun Dance Party and signed to Transparent, the band met in the desert; Danny was wearing a Daniel Johnston T-shirt; Jonny was wearing an Animal Collective one. They bonded over iced-tea and a mutual love of J Mascis and decided to create their own freak scene. Yuck was born.
STAIRS TO KOREA
Stairs To Korea is Will Vaughan, a frighteningly talented half-Icelandic multi-instrumentalist who crafts skewed pop music using an array of effects, synthesisers and a dinky white guitar. Sugar-coated harmonies meet bended brass lines and intricate guitar motifs in his unique paens to growing up, going out and getting lost in the 21st century. “Your New Favourite Band Is Here” – Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing